Charley Lincoln

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Charley Lincoln (also known as Charley Hicks or Laughing Charley) (March 11, 1900 – September 28, 1963),[1] was an early American country blues musician.[2] He often recorded with his brother Robert Hicks (who was billed as Barbecue Bob).

He was born Charley Hicks in Lithonia, Georgia, United States.[3] In his teens he was taught guitar by Savannah Weaver, the mother of Curley Weaver, and performed in the Lithonia area until 1920.[4] He moved to Atlanta, Georgia and worked outside the field of music, while also performing occasionally with his brother.[3] He recorded with his brother for the Columbia label 1927–30.[4] An example is the two part duet with crosstalk, "It Won't Be Long Now" that the brothers recorded in Atlanta on November 5, 1927.

After Robert's early death in 1931, Charley Lincoln continued to perform into the 1950s. From 1955–63 he was imprisoned for murder in Cairo, Georgia, where he became a prisoner trustee. He died there of a cerebral hemorrhage on September 28, 1963.[4]

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  1. ^ - accessed December 2009
  2. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  3. ^ a b "Biography by Ron Wynn". Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Harris 1994, p. 226.